Gaylene Preston

Gaylene Preston is a New Zealand filmmaker.

Perfect Strangers (2003)

When Melanie goes home from the pub with a handsome stranger, she’s captivated by his charm and attentiveness. He sails her away to his ‘castle’- a rundown shack on a deserted island. But when seduction becomes deception and passion becomes possession, Melanie ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaylene Preston
CAST:  Sam Neill  •  Rachael Blake  •  Joel Tobeck  •  Robyn Malcolm

When Melanie goes home from the pub with a handsome stranger, she’s captivated by his charm and attentiveness. He sails her away to his ‘castle’- a rundown shack on a deserted island. But when seduction becomes deception and passion becomes possession, Melanie ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaylene Preston
CAST:  Sam Neill  •  Rachael Blake  •  Joel Tobeck  •  Robyn Malcolm

Bread & Roses (1993)

Based upon the life of activist and trade unionist (and later MP) Sonja Davies. The film covers her life up to 1956, when, at age 33, she was elected to the Nelson Hospital Board. During this period she develops strong socialist beliefs, marries and divorces, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaylene Preston
CAST:  Geneviève Picot  •  Mick Rose  •  Donna Akersten  •  Raymond Hawthorne

Based upon the life of activist and trade unionist (and later MP) Sonja Davies. The film covers her life up to 1956, when, at age 33, she was elected to the Nelson Hospital Board. During this period she develops strong socialist beliefs, marries and divorces, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaylene Preston
CAST:  Geneviève Picot  •  Mick Rose  •  Donna Akersten  •  Raymond Hawthorne

Ruby and Rata (1990)

Ruby (Yvonne Lawley), an 83 year old trying to dodge a retirement home, rents a room to Rata, a solo mum with sidelines in music and benefit fraud. Rata's son is into arson and shoplifting, while Ruby's nephew (Simon Barnett) is a hapless yuppie wannabe. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaylene Preston
CAST:  Yvonne Lawley  •  Vanessa Rare  •  Lee Metekingi

Ruby (Yvonne Lawley), an 83 year old trying to dodge a retirement home, rents a room to Rata, a solo mum with sidelines in music and benefit fraud. Rata's son is into arson and shoplifting, while Ruby's nephew (Simon Barnett) is a hapless yuppie wannabe. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaylene Preston
CAST:  Yvonne Lawley  •  Vanessa Rare  •  Lee Metekingi

Home by Christmas (2010)

A remarkable memoir of resilience, determination and love.Based on filmmaker Gaylene Preston's interviews with her father about his World War II experiences, reconstructed with actor Tony Barry as Ed Preston. Weaving strands of poetic imagined drama, and archival ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaylene Preston
CAST:  Martin Henderson  •  Jed Brophy  •  Tony Barry  •  Nick Blake

A remarkable memoir of resilience, determination and love.Based on filmmaker Gaylene Preston's interviews with her father about his World War II experiences, reconstructed with actor Tony Barry as Ed Preston. Weaving strands of poetic imagined drama, and archival ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaylene Preston
CAST:  Martin Henderson  •  Jed Brophy  •  Tony Barry  •  Nick Blake

My Year with Helen (2017)

With unique access to high-ranking candidate Helen Clark, filmmaker Gaylene Preston casts a wry eye on proceedings as the United Nations chooses a new Secretary General.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaylene Preston
CAST:  Helen Clark

With unique access to high-ranking candidate Helen Clark, filmmaker Gaylene Preston casts a wry eye on proceedings as the United Nations chooses a new Secretary General.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaylene Preston
CAST:  Helen Clark

Mr. Wrong (1986)

Meg moves out of her parents' home and buys a beautiful old Jaguar in a bid for independence. She begins to get strange feelings about the car. It seems to have a presence beyond the usual "personality" attributed to eccentric old cars. Slowly she uncovers the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaylene Preston
CAST:  Heather Bolton  •  David Letch  •  Perry Piercy  •  Suzanne Lee

Meg moves out of her parents' home and buys a beautiful old Jaguar in a bid for independence. She begins to get strange feelings about the car. It seems to have a presence beyond the usual "personality" attributed to eccentric old cars. Slowly she uncovers the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaylene Preston
CAST:  Heather Bolton  •  David Letch  •  Perry Piercy  •  Suzanne Lee

War Stories Our Mother Never Told Us (1996)

Seven New Zealand women speak about their lives during World War II: some lost husbands, some got married, some went into service themselves. The director lets the women tell their stories simply, alternating between them talking and archival footage of the war years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaylene Preston
CAST:  Jean Andrews  •  Judith Fyfe  •  Rita Graham  •  Neva Clarke McKenna

Seven New Zealand women speak about their lives during World War II: some lost husbands, some got married, some went into service themselves. The director lets the women tell their stories simply, alternating between them talking and archival footage of the war years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaylene Preston
CAST:  Jean Andrews  •  Judith Fyfe  •  Rita Graham  •  Neva Clarke McKenna

Earthquake (2006)

The Hawke’s Bay earthquake was New Zealand’s worst civil disaster. Over 250 people died following the 7.8 quake on 3 February 1931. In this full-length documentary, director Gaylene Preston (Hope and Wire) gathers eyewitness accounts from survivors, including kuia ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaylene Preston
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The Hawke’s Bay earthquake was New Zealand’s worst civil disaster. Over 250 people died following the 7.8 quake on 3 February 1931. In this full-length documentary, director Gaylene Preston (Hope and Wire) gathers eyewitness accounts from survivors, including kuia ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaylene Preston
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